Plano Parks and Recreation launches art contest

Photo provided by Plano Parks and Recreation and the City of Plano.
Parks and Recreation is hosting an art contest where residents can win prizes for artwork depicting what parks mean to them.

It’s National Park and Recreation Month, and Plano is taking it on with an art contest calling artists to depict what parks and recreation means to them as part of the month’s “Where Community Grows” theme.

Artists of all ages, levels and abilities are encouraged to submit pencils, chalk, paint, recycled items, digital, textile and works of other mediums for a chance to win annual recreation passes, pool cabana rentals, giveaways and a chance to have their artwork printed in the 2024 Summer Catalog.

Art can be submitted in three age categories: 5-12, 13-18 and 19 or older. Digital artwork can be submitted via email to or in-person at Plano Parks and Recreation’s main office at 5901 Los Rios Blvd.

“Local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family to celebrate life’s special moments as well as spots of respite and healing,” Plano Parks and Recreation Director Ron Smith said. “This is the perfect time to reflect on and appreciate all the ways our community is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.”

Plano Parks and Recreation also encourages residents to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see submissions and share their parks and recreation story by tagging the department and using #WhereCommunityGrows.

The department has also put together a ‘150 Ways to Summer Fun’ Checklist, available online.

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